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CHO eyes ambitious vaccination target for Queensland

As Queensland records no new locally-acquired cases of coronavirus, the state’s top doctor says she wants the vaccination rate to hit 95 per cent. After another super Pfizer weekend, 69.98 per cent of eligible Queenslanders now have one dose of the vaccine and 52.25 per cent are fully vaccinated. Eighteen Queensland schools...

How you can be a "Citizen Scientist" to help the Great Barrier Reef

Locals are being called on to help collect data from the Great Barrier Reef, all the way from Bundaberg to the Cape. "Citizen Scientists" help to capture thousands of images from dozens of different reefs as part of the Great Reef Census, collecting information help study the natural wonder. Citizens of the...

Families better off as government fast-tracks childcare subsidies

About a quarter of million families will be more than $2,200 a year better off when extra childcare subsidies begin early next year. The additional subsidies for families with two or more children in care were due to start on July 11, but have been brought forward to March. The changes affect...

Local vollies honoured this SES Week

State Emergency Service volunteers have donated hundreds of thousands of work hours, assisting authorities throughout the pandemic. It's one of the things they're being celebrated for this SES week. There are about 6,000 volunteers donating their time to the service across Queensland, including 876 here in North Coast region, which covers Bundaberg. Acting...

More help on hand for homeless locals in Bundy

A successful not-for-profit is ticking all the boxes to help homeless Bundaberg locals. Orange Sky laundry has introduced an environmentally friendly dryer to its fleet of mobile laundry vans that services areas like the Wide Bay. Co-founder Nic Marchesi says they've unveiled the new device ahead of World Homeless Day, today. "We are...

Restrictions ease for south east and Townsville as Qld records no new COVID cases

South east Queensland and Townsville will return to Stage 3 restrictions as the state records no new cases of coronavirus, both locally or from overseas travellers. It means from 4pm afternoon, Local Government areas of Brisbane, Gold Coast, Moreton Bay, Logan, Townsville and Palm Island will come into line with the...

Below average winter rainfall recorded across regional Queensland

Drought is continuing to impact parts of Queensland as the state records below average rainfall for winter. Severe rainfall deficiencies remain in place for Capricornia, Wide Bay and Burnett districts and the Central Highland, while the South-East recorded less than average falls for September.    Meteorologist Livio Regano says many areas are still...

Hunt for stolen motorbikes across Bundy region

There are calls for help from the public after a number of motorcycles were reported stolen from the Bundaberg region in recent weeks. A blue and white motorbike was taken from storage sheds in Bundaberg East. A Bundaberg Police spokesperson says the '2014 YZF250 Yamaha off-road' was taken from a Telegraph Road...

Motorbike rider in critical condition after horror Avondale crash

UPDATE: Friday 7:45am  A 66-year-old man has died after a two-vehicle crash at Avondale.    Emergency services were called to the intersection of Rosedale Road and Smiths Crossing Road around 1.00pm yesterday.    A Queensland Police spokesperson says a motorcycle and a white van collided.    The Forensic Crash unit is investigating and is calling for anyone...

Major works set to spruce up Anzac Park

Bundaberg’s Anzac Park will undergo a major redevelopment thanks to a $5 million boost.    It's all part of Bundaberg Regional Council's plan to transform the entire riverside precinct worth $18.9 million.    Federal Member for Hinkler Keith Pitt says the money will help improve the facilities and infrastructure.   "It will provide recreational spaces including...

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